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New Jersey commits $135m to Aether vehicle

The fund of funds will seek to outperform the Bloomberg Commodity Index by at least 12 percent through a strategy focused on investments into real asset primary funds, secondaries and co-investments.

Greensphere mulling London listing to raise up to $500m

The green infrastructure firm aims to ‘revolutionize’ the fund model by delivering returns with zero net cost while targeting assets that include sustainable agriculture.

Why the future of smart farming depends on soil

Tomer Tzach, chief executive of analytics start-up CropX, says a new wave of cost-efficient sensors could help farmers run a much tighter ship by giving them greater understanding of what happens underground.

How Agriculture Capital attracted public pensions

In the first installment of a two-part interview, we look at the challenges the firm had to overcome to get institutional investors to commit to its $548m second fund.

Australian agri market heats up as ‘crown jewels’ put on the block

Another institutional-scale asset has hit the market Down Under, expected to generate broad-ranging buyer interest and offers exceeding $40m.

Investor appetite flows into Australia’s Riverina Region

Known as the country’s ‘food bowl’, the region’s capacity for year-round crop production as well as permanent plantings is a major draw for institutional investors – both domestic and foreign.

Rising investor appetite buoys Australian water prices to record levels

Annual returns for entitlements clocked in at 2% last year as wet weather dampened allocations prices.

Permira sells drip irrigation provider for $1.9bn

The deal with Mexican plastics company Mexichem marks an exit for Permira IV, which invested €800m in Netafim in 2011.

Saudi hay demand to drive US exports: Rabobank

The Dutch bank said that water conservation policies may drive Saudi companies to seek acquisitions, joint ventures and long-term supply contracts to meet demand for high-quality hay.

Zimbabwe’s ag sector gets $242m boost from EU, FAO

The funding will go towards increasing productivity through sustainable practices, ensuring food security, and promoting resilience and climate change mitigation.